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this morning on "early today," a crumbling empire. libya's moammar gadhafi loses his grip on the country while americans wait to get out. final voyage, the space shuttle "discovery" takes off on its last journey into space. and practice run, prince william and kate middleton engage the country for the first time since their royal engage the country for the first time since their royal engagement. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a matter of time. libya's rebel forces show no signs of giving up despite a crackdown from an increasingly incoherent moammar gadhafi.
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meanwhile, freedom can't come soon enough for more than 100 americans stuck on a ferry hoping they'll be able to escape the embattled country today. richard engle has our report. >> reporter: in the town of zawahi today, at least 10 people were reportedly killed in fighting. but some of the worst violence has been here in benghati where hospitals are filled with wounded. >> many, more than 300, and injured more than 3,000. >> reporter: doctors say the victims were shot with bullets and anti-aircraft round. many were executed at close range. but colonel moammar gadhafi downplayed the violence and offered a radically different explanation in a bizarre and revealing radio address. we were in a car as we spoke.
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his words were slurred. he mumbled with long pauses. i've listened to speeches in arabic of middle east leaders for 15 years. this did not sound like a sane person. in the address, gadhafi claimed al qaeda is behind the revolt. al qaeda is distributing what loose know agains and it's being released with help from the united states. rebel leaders here tell us they now believe they have enough forces and momentum to push out gadhafi in a matter of days. richard engle, nbc news. meanwhile, signs of progress in neighboring algeria where a state of emergency that had been in place for 19 years has been lifted. the move by algeria's government comes in response to weeks of protests by opposition groups hoping to force the kind of change brought on by egypt's revolution. in a statement issued by the white house, president obama
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welcomed the, quote, positive sign urging the allgieran government to do more to promote freedom for its people. a college student in texas has been arrested for plotting a string of terror attacks here in the u.s. the 20-year-old obtained materials for a bomb and researched places for bombings. agents were tipped off an a north carolina chemical company reported he placed a suspicious order. he wrote in his journal that it was, quote, time for jihad. if convicted, he faces a maximum sentence. in wisconsin, despite protests, a controversial push to strip unions of their bargaining rights, the wisconsin state assembly passed a bill.
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the measure now moves to the state senate where republicans hold the majority, but senate democrats have fled the state to prevent a vote. now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in texas, investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that swept through a day care center killing three children. the kids, ranging in ages 18 months to 3 years old died after being taken to the hospital. one woman was transported to the hospital after running from the house in flames. firefighters pulled a total of seven children to safety before putting out the blaze. in pennsylvania, a house of horrors landed two parents in jail for child endangerment. police responded to a 911 call and discovered three children inside a home filled with filth includes human feesies, broken glass and rotting food. it's unknown how long the 7-year-old boy and the 5-year-old twins lived in that deplorable condition. they now are in the custody of youth and child services.
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finally, in louisiana, there is a new cop on the beat. the remote operated vehicle is the newest women weapon in the arsenal of the sheriff's office. the robocop comes with a few toys, including infrared cameras and a shotgun mount. the new guy is expected to help make it safer for other officers in dangerous situations. sounds like a good opportunity there. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, good morning and happy friday to you. >> happy friday to you, lynn. unfortunately the weather is not cooperating with anyone today. yesterday we had 175 reports of severe weather. we had nine tornados. i've only seen a couple of reports of injuries, no fatalities at this time. i saw a couple of reports that second story homes had their complete roofs blown off. as i mentioned, so far, so good, no fatalities. the severe weather threat for
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the most part has ended. we no longer have any tornado watches. the we have a long of storms going through areas of georgia, mississippi and alabama. a lot of heavy snow to the north side of this storm. here is that line. gusty, strong winds just went through atlanta. they'll go through makin, tallahassee and mobile as we go throughout the morning. the snow was impressive. we had snow in kansas, st. louis had a brief period of snow. we now have light snow in chicago. eventually all of northern new england, you'll get nailed by this storm. this area of 6 to 12 inches is from albany, new york, from burlington and areas up to boston will see significant snow today and extremely windy conditions and heavy rain from d.c. up to new york. that's a look at your national forecast. now here is a look at the weather outside your window. significant airport delays today are almost impossible to avoid
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with the snow and the great lakes in northern new england, the gusty winds through the big cities of the east coast, it's going to be a rough day for travel. lynn, weekend forecast is coming up. >> all right. i take that back, not so happy friday. thank you, bill. >> yeah. also coming up, oil dips. boeing scores and the world's most expensive purse. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, charlie sheen finally goes too far for the producers of his top-rated tv show. coming up, a big loss for the st. louis carpals and the celts wheel and deal at the trade deadline. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. u.s. forces are reportedly scaling back most of its forces in one of the most dangerous and remote valleys of eastern
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afghanistan to focus on protecting citizens in more popular areas. u.s. officials say the wall from the pesh valley is in line with the military's doctrine which focuses on providing security to afghan civilians, but some afghan forces worry it amounts to an abandonment of key terrain where insurgents are well established. kentucky authorities have found the bodies of three amish children who were swept away in a creek swollen by heavy rains. they're still searching for another child. a mother and her six children were trying to cross the creek in their horse drawn buggy yesterday, when it overturned, knocking them into the water. shuttle "discovery" is on its way to the international space station for what is expected to be the last time. after this, only two missions remain for the aging shuttle fleet. first by "atlantis" and then "endeavour." and england's kate middleton is getting her first taste of
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royal life, joining husband to be in a dedication ceremony for a new life boat. her first act of royal duty, christening the vessel with champagne. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,068 after dropping 37 points yesterday. the s&p shed a point. the nas dad added 14. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei gained.74 points while in hong kong the hang seng zoomed 411. showing resilience, wall street started climbing back from its stunning fall thursday despite no resolution in libya. oil's three-day oil hikes fell yesterday. crude fell from a high of $103 a barrel down to just over $97. stocks rose down a whooping 277% for the week. many are hoping the worst may be
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over. over on the das dak, priceline kept things on the plus side jumping 8.5%. in a remarkable turn around, general motors has gone from bankruptcy to its first profitable year since 2004. also due to oil, american delta and us airways joined united and continental adding $20 to round trip domestic flights. fewer people filed for unemployment last week. on the down side, the sales of new homes fell significantly in january. toyota is recalling over on 2 million vehicle necessary america to fix floor mat and carpet defects that could jam the accelerator. watch boeing today. it jumped after the bell on news it won a multibillion dollar contract to build new air force refueling planes. and finally, talk about a girl's ultimate best friend, a purse dripping in diamonds, created in
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dubai and named by guinness the world's most expensive happened bag, it boasts 4.5,000 times and can be yourself for $3.8 billion. coming up, an upset in college hoops. an injury before the season even starts in baseball and another we know for the carmeloless nuggets. plus, will brawn take on the bulls? your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. an active weather pattern continues into the weekend. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports with the big anticipated trade already done, there was nothing left by surprises at yesterday's nba trade deadline. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. there was no doubt that carmelo anthony and darren williams were the marquis players dealt at the trade deadline. but the celts made a deal that could be the difference. boston made a shocking move. they send kendrick perkins and nate robinson so oklahoma. the deal satisfies a need for both teams. the thunder gets bigger in the middle and the celts hope to fill a void by daniels who they sent to sacramento for a draft
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picks. the celts could have used anybody against denver. they might not have carmelo, but they won both games without him. nuggets won, 89-75. to chicago, heat and bulls, they booed lebron all game and james responded with this reverse dunk. that's as good as it gets. heat up by nine during the break. bulls battle in the second. derek rose led the team charge with a team high 26. this went down to the wire. rose dish to a wipe open luelle. it may only be february, but adam waneright will undergo tommy john surgery and miss the entire season. college hoops, you can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out number 15 uconn. one night they're great and the next night they lose to marquette. the golden eagles made him bay. johnson odum hit the game winner
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in overtime. marquette upset uconn in connecticut, 74-67. that's your early look at sports on "early today." have a great weekend. i'm fred roggin. well, who will win at the box office and who has already won on facebook? your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, it's as american as apple pie. so why did cops shut down girlscout cookie sales in georgia? you're watching "early today."
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welcome back on this friday. it's a busy weather morning with thunderstorms rolling through the southeast. we're going to see a lot of heavy rain continuing from d.c. up to new york. windy continu ddy conditions th. then snow, snow ending in chicago and detroit this morning. and then northern new england all day today is going to get heavy snow. that storm exits on saturday. it's moving quickly. we have another snow event sneaking through new england saturday night and sunday. could see more thunderstorms out there, too. very active weather as we head through the end of february. if you're watching us on wgrz
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channel 2 in buffalo, new york, see a collection of contemporary the rather art rooted in the exploration of landscape. a surveyor at the allbright knocks art gallery. that's your "early today" event of the day. >> bill, thanks so much. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. when it comes to charlie sheen, cbs and warner brothers have had it. last night b with they announced "two and a half men" is over for the season. the decision came after another rambling radio interview in which sheen blasted the show's executive producer and alcoholics anonymous calling it a bootleg cult with a 5% success race. elsewhere, "hall pass" is the luke warm favorite at the box office this weekend. watch out from a possible upset
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from "driving angry" starring nicholas cage. finally, lady gaga is no longer the most liked artist on facebook. the new holder of that title with almost 29 million likes is -- well, i was going to have you guess, bill, but now there's video. it's eminem. it would have been fun. >> i'm so bad. what's a like? >> really? >> yeah. i'm going there. >> have you been on -- you're not that good at facebook. >> no, i'm not. >> it's when you can have a public figure page and you can like it. >> so there's dislikes, too, right? >> no, no dislikes. why? >> that's why i don't do it, i don't want to see all the dislikes. this comes to us from atlanta, georgia, where in nearby villa ricca where a crackdown on a group of girl scouts brought cookie sales to a
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halt. when they failed to produce a permit, an officer shut them down citing safety issues. they packed up, but they weren't out for long. the mayor put the girls back in business with a permit and a pizza party for their troubles. how can you mess with thin mints? >> that police department should put in a big order. that's what they should do. >> i have about 15 boxes downstairs. i can help you out. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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